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Growth in the accounting profession is expected to continue well into the next decade. An increase in global commerce, a greater focus on financial regulation and compliance, anticipated “baby-boomer” retirements and significant growth in small and family businesses all point to a rewarding career path for prospective accountants. The associate in science (A.S.) degree program in Accounting is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to complete their baccalaureate degree in accounting and move into positions in private industry, public accounting, not-for-profit and governmental organizations.

SUNY Niagara offers a 63-credit hour Accounting, A.S., degree program with the purpose of providing degree candidates with a foundation in accounting, business and general education classes enabling them to transfer into a baccalaureate program in accounting. Trends in accounting education have necessitated a program more tailored to the specific needs of the accounting student to enable proper preparation and maximization of transfer credits into accredited institutions. SUNY Niagara’s Accounting, A.S., program accomplishes this goal.

Program Goals and Objectives

To prepare students for transfer into baccalaureate accounting curricula.

Program Spotlight

Many people think accounting is just about math…guess again! It is really an information system. Accounting captures and analyzes business data providing decision making tools to help businesses succeed! The good news is that all types of organizations need accountants and the analytical decision-making skills they possess. Some of these organizations include for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, governments, banks, and financial institutions. New York State Occupational Projections indicate a 16.1% increase in the need for accountants and a 2.5% increase for accounting support jobs between 2016 and 2026.

Degree Program Learning Outcomes

The assessment of student learning outcomes is not only a key indicator of program effectiveness, it is also one of the standards of excellence identified by the Middle States Commission (Standard 5) and is required through the SUNY assessment initiative.

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Program Contact

Lori Townsend
Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6461
Location: B-123
Division Office: 716-614-6410